Radio National Future Tense. Citizens juries and deliberative democracy

Sunday 28 September 2014. Presented by Anthony Funnell

There’s a growing public disenchantment with democracy and the modern political process. So, here’s a solution: citizens’ juries—ordinary people who are given the information and training to make decisions on civic issues.

It’s all part of an approach known as deliberative democracy, aiming to build stronger and more useful connections. But, do these measures work?

Melanie Christiansen has been exploring the efforts being made by some democracies to win back the attention and interest of disillusioned voters.


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  • Nethanet Assefa. Juror on the Citizens’ Jury on a Safe and Vibrant Sydney Nightlife
  • Cr Stephen Mayne. Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee, City of Melbourne
  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis. Founder of The newDemocracy Foundation
  • Professor Bruce Cain. Professor of Political Science, Stanford University and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West
  • Thomas E. MannSenior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, also co-author with Norman Ornstein of “It’s Even Worse than It looks: How the American Consitutional System collided with the new politics of extremism”
  • Professor Graham Smith. Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster
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